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Oscar Red Carpet: Winding Down

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 8, 2010 at 1:07AM

It's getting late enough so that the stars are going by and not stopping. Carey Mulligan, Kathryn Bigelow and Vera Farmiga went breezing by. It's a real crunch.
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It's getting late enough so that the stars are going by and not stopping. Carey Mulligan, Kathryn Bigelow and Vera Farmiga went breezing by. It's a real crunch.

Thinning now, as the Sony gang went by: Howard Stringer, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, who will likely win something as three of the foreign nominees are theirs: front runner "White Ribbon," "A Prophet" and the possible upset candidate "The Secret of Their Eyes."

Jason Reitman writer and director of "Up in the Air" took his father Ivan as  his date to the Oscars for the first time when he was nominated for "Juno." Now he's here as the producer of "Up in the Air."

I flip-cammed the director of "The Cove" who says the mistreatment of animals is a widespread global issue and hopes an Oscar will persuade people to get over their resistance to seeing the film.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.